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Sales Buys

Net-a-Porter

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Pink neon cashmere jumper from J Crew
(with a special 40% off) The minute the yellow goes on sale it is mine!

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Marc by Marc Jacobs phone holder
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and matching make up bag (think that’s enough Marc by Marc Jacobs for a while. Apart from maybe a small neon bag)

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Chinti and Parker grey intarsia cashmere jumper

Zara

Some people think there is no point buying from High Street sales. I’m not one of them. The Zara sale started at midnight on Thursday. I ordered loads and am returning loads. Everything I am keeping is pretty staid but will be worn a lot – that is after all what makes it a bargain, non?
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Very simple and not the greatest of reductions but I have tried this bib fronted shirt several times in store and think I will turn to it often with skinnies and flats.

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Lovely drape fronted trousers and the zip on the cuff means they can be worn as easily with flip flops as with black heels for the evening (or with these lovely Bertie Moirans!)

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I have had this top in my possession three times before and each time I have reasoned that it is very pretty but would snag quickly in my life. With a tenner off I decided to buy it again. I will wear it simply with jeans and flats and am pleased with the fit and colour under my old snakeprint jacket which I often wear when I (rarely!) go out.

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Again, not the most exciting of purchases but my old leopard print shirts are too small and too big so I needed a new one and this is very simple and easy to wear. I can’t find it on line but it was about £12.

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This tshirt looks nothing on line but it is a flattering fit and will dress down some of my smarter pyjama style trousers nicely.

The Outnet

I mentioned some of the great deals they had on sunglasses last week. The pairs I ordered have all gone back. You can’t tell it by looking at me but I have a very small head and they all fell off. Some of them were great shades though and I hope someone got and loves a pair.

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While I was going through the returns form I thought it would be rude not to have a peak at what else they had on offer. I have been looking for these Sam Edelman Harpers in the snakeprint ever since I had them, returned them & regretted it last year. They’ve been on the Outnet for ages but in small sizes. I finally decided to go for the zebra instead and I liked them (you may want to consider sizing down if you are a half size) until I opened my ASOS order and found shoes that made my heart leap.

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ASOS

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These are they – River Island Sachas. I realise they won’t be making many hearts leapt but how I love them. Under half the price of the Harpers, so soft and easy to wear.
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I am having a big internal fight to return the similar Bertie Moirans.

The H by Hudson Horrigans I ordered go back. I’ve wanted them all year and when I finally took delivery I didn’t even need to try them on to know they’re not for me. I have form buying winter gear too early anyway (though when is too early in the UK?!) and am pleased not to have fallen into that trap this time.

I have a funeral to go to next week and all of my suits are long given away (to the brilliant Dress for Success) I ordered a few black dresses from ASOS which were all disappointing. I think I may just borrow something from one of my sisters on this occasion.

I would have made some decent purchases from Topshop and Mango too (thank you Joanna!) but their websites let you shop but not check out. Such a waste of time. Hey ho.

For me one of the best signs that something really was a good buy is me wanting to wear it immediately. I was very happy to go out (to the park!) in some of my new gear (though not so happy that I need pretty thick cashmere in June!!) So happy I am double chin smiling at the mirror!
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A change from ballet flats

Now I do love a good ballerina shoe, but it’s good to have a change, and when I spotted brogues around the shops they brought me right back to my youth when I had several pairs. I know they say that if you wore a trend the first time around then you should avoid it the second time, but seriously, if I did that  would have nothing to wear. As a student I had a pair of black Bertie ones with roses engraved in the leather (I replaced the laces with grosgrain ribbon) and a co-respondant pair in cream and navy which formed the basis of many twenties inspired outfits!

I had to look at  Bertie for old times sake and they have this brogue which I love, Lunda  in a pretty nude shade as well as black and coral.

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Dune have a good selection. This one, Langbury,  is the nicest I think, it’s a heavier soled masculine shoe. I tried it in RL and the leather is lovely (and navy not black which is the clincher for me).

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It also comes in a two-toned version, just right for all those “Great Gatsby” inspired outfits that will be everywhere this summer. Which reminds me, there’s a great spread of Carey Mulligan in the new US Vogue in her Gatsby dresses

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The Linfords (what’s with all the L names?) are nice too, but the lighter sole makes it look more like a jazz shoe to my eye. I think a slightly chunkier sole is essential for a proper brogue.

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Anyhow, being a stinge and not wanting to spend 100 Euro I picked up a pair of these Clarks brogues for a song on ebay (they were unworn – I wouldn’t go that far for a bargain!) with the intention of dying them, but actually I think I might leave them as they are. I was planning on wearing them with rolled up olive chinos , but the temperature today had me rushing for my opaques.

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I also nabbed this neon t from Gap which brightens up my winter navy uniform and goes perfectly with my pink J Crew bag. I feel like a bit of a beacon in the gloom outside today.

Unfortunately I can’t show you my outfit photo as I can get it to load and I have pushed my rudimentary IT skills to their limits. I’ll try again later.